Mariah is a southern California native and began studying ballet under the direction of Evette Demarco Swinson, former principal with Los Angeles ballet. In her elementary years, Mariah was a featured soloist in the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. She performed as a New York City Finalist for four consecutive years. Mariah joined Inland Pacific Ballet in 2009 and danced in many ballets such as Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and Beauty and the Beast. Mariah was accepted to many ballet summer intensives and attended Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet’s summer programs on awarded scholarships.
Mariah continued to train closely with Gelsey Kirkland, known for her work with George Balanchine at New York City Ballet, and her partnership with Mikael Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theater. Mariah performed professionally in New York City with Gelsey Kirkland’s studio company in various ballets such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Harlequinade, Swan Lake, and Calvary Halt. Mariah currently lives in Southern California and teaches ballet with a strong emphasis on true classical ballet technique in the vagonova style.
Ms. Mariah teaches Ballet and Pointe at Dancecapade.